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Aug. 1, 2012






District Chief Robert S. Ryalls, Fire/EMS Public Information Officer
757-565-7603, 757-876-5051;


Arrest made for structure fire and assault on firefighters in James City County


On July 30, the James City County Fire Marshal’s Office obtained a confession relative to an arson fire which occurred on July 26 at 150 #3 Blows Flat Road. The Fire Marshal’s Office conducted an investigation into the fire which was determined to be deliberately ignited.


Andrew J. Gentry III, a 57-year-old male and the resident of 150 #3 Blows Flat Road, confessed to starting the fire. Firefighters located Gentry in a rear bedroom and attempted to rescue him. During the rescue attempt, Gentry attempted to assault the firefighters. No firefighters were injured by the assault or the fire. After removal from the residence, he was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.


Gentry has been charged with 18.2-57 (Assault and battery on a firefighter) and 18.2-77 (Burning or destroying a dwelling) in connection with this incident. Both charges are felonies.


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